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MIP Feature Friday: Kate Gasparro

Blog / June 7, 2019

How does a Ph.D. student in Stanford’s Civil & Environmental Engineering (CEE) program decide to also complete an international policy degree? Read our FSI blog to learn more about our alumna, Kate Gasparro, who did just that! #MIPFeatureFriday

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NATO’s Ukraine Challenge

Commentary / June 6, 2019

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy visited Brussels on June 4 and 5, where he met with the leadership of the European Union and NATO. He reaffirmed Kyiv’s goal of integrating into both institutions—goals enshrined earlier this year as strategic objectives in Ukraine’s constitution.

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Opposition Party Building and Electoral Competition in Authoritarian Regimes: The Case of Malaysia

Blog / May 31, 2019
As a 2018-19 Postdoctoral Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center, I have been working on my book manuscript Pathways to Power: Opposition Party and Coalition Building in Multiethnic Malaysia. The book examines the dilemmas faced by opposition parties in authoritarian regimes as they try to build electoral and political power.
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MIP Feature Friday: Ryan Triolo

Q&A / May 31, 2019

“I was really interested in economics policy and international politics — MIP seemed like a nice fit.” Read about how our MIP alumnus, Ryan Triolo, knew he wanted to apply to MIP as an undergraduate on our #MIPFeatureFriday on our FSI blog.

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Video: Is Trade Just a Side Issue in U.S.-China Disputes?

Commentary / May 30, 2019

Karl Eikenberry, director of the U.S.-Asia Security Initiative, spoke with "Bloomberg Markets: Asia" about the ongoing trade disputes between the U.S. and China. Video of his interview—conducted on the sidelines of the Morgan Stanley China Summit in Beijing—is posted below.

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Experts Discuss Future of the International Order in East Asia

News / May 30, 2019

“For seven decades our thinking about Indo-Asia-Pacific security and international cooperation issues has been underpinned by the narratives of a U.S.-led international order centered around the rule of law, economic openness, and multilateralism. Now this post-WWII order is being challenged.”

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Journal of East China Normal University: Q&A with Scott Rozelle and James Heckman

News / May 30, 2019

Early Childhood Development Takes Center Stage in China: Questions & Answer with Scott Rozelle and James Heckman

 

【编者按】2018年11月17日,詹姆斯·赫克曼(James J. Heckman)教授在西安召开的“2018年儿童早期发展国际论坛”上发表主旨演讲,出席会议的有来自世界各地和中国各地的政要和顶尖学者。赫克曼教授就儿童早期发展(ECD)质量对生活在贫困和富裕社区的婴幼儿的重要性进行了广泛和深入的概述。他在演讲中阐明儿童早期发展质量对一个人的童年及其终生的健康、经济和社会性结果都有重大影响。高质量的儿童早期发展项目对整个社会的影响也是巨大的。他特别强调了儿童早期发展的经济学意义,认为政府投资弱势儿童的早期发展,其社会回报率非常高。赫克曼教授借鉴了世界各地的研究成果,包括他自己以及美国和其他发达国家的其他学者的研究成果。

 

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Audio: FSI Director, Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow Discuss U.S.-China Conflict

Commentary / May 29, 2019

“But as I read what the communist party, what President Xi says, I don't see the same fervor to the ideological dimension of what China is doing around the world...[compared to what] the Soviets were doing.”

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SPICE welcomes back Dr. HyoJung Jang

News / May 28, 2019

We are thrilled to welcome Dr. HyoJung Jang back to the SPICE team! Jang holds a Ph.D. in Educational Theory and Policy as well as in Comparative and International Education from Penn State University, and an M.A. in East Asian Studies from Stanford University. She has returned to SPICE as an instructor for the Sejong Korean Scholars Program, an intensive online course on Korea for high school students across the United States.

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Confronting South Asia’s Diabetes Epidemic

News / May 28, 2019

Type 2 diabetes has become a major public health problem in South Asia in recent decades. The region is now home to an estimated 84 million people suffering from diabetes—approximately one-fifth of the world’s 451 million adults with diabetes—a number that is expected to rise by 78% by 2045. Even more concerning, across South Asia the disease burden increasingly occurs in the most productive midlife period.

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Financing Longevity: Addressing the Challenges of an Aging World

News / May 23, 2019

People today can generally expect to live longer and, in some parts of the world, healthier lives. The substantial increases in life expectancy underlying these global demographic shifts represent a human triumph over disease, hunger, and deprivation, but also pose difficult challenges across multiple sectors. Population aging will have dramatic effects on labor supply, patterns of work and retirement, family and social structures, healthcare services, savings, and, of course, pension systems and other social support programs used by older adults.

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The Global Crisis of Democracy

Commentary / May 22, 2019

As China and Russia attack free governments and push strongman rule, the U.S. has gone silent—and a new tide of authoritarianism is gathering, writes Larry Diamond. Read here.

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Sudan on the Cusp of Democratic Change

Commentary / May 22, 2019

The West has to remember that what happens in the coming days and weeks could shape the political future of its 40 million people for years to come, writes Larry Diamond in his latest article on Sudan's struggle for democracy. Read here.

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Despite political tensions, Stanford’s Saudi partnerships continue with little scrutiny

Commentary / May 22, 2019

"For years, Stanford scientists have collaborated with and received funding from the Saudi national laboratory, government-supported universities and the state-owned oil company Aramco. But despite having ties with Saudi Arabia much like MIT’s — including with several of the government institutions probed in the MIT report — Stanford has undertaken no broad review of its connections to Saudi Arabia. As a result, Stanford’s Saudi relationships have continued largely under the radar. Some at Stanford find these relationships uncontroversial or point to their scientific and cultural benefits.

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Philippines Investigative Journalist and Press Freedom Beacon Maria Ressa Wins 2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award

News / May 21, 2019

STANFORD, CA, May 21, 2019 — Stanford University’s Walter H. Shorenstein Asia-Pacific Research Center (APARC) announced today that the esteemed journalist Maria Ressa is the recipient of the 2019 Shorenstein Journalism Award.

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Ambassador William Burns Reflects On a Career in Diplomacy

News / May 21, 2019

Two former U.S. ambassadors to Russia recently shared the stage at the Freeman Spogli Institute, where they discussed the Arab Spring, their mutual respect for former President Barack Obama, and of course, Russian President Vladimir Putin.

William Burns — the Russian ambassador from 2005 to 2008 — told Freeman Spogli Institute Director Michael McFaul — who was in the position from 2012 to 2014 — that Putin is a “combustible combination of grievance and ambition and insecurity all wrapped up together.”

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Fisher Family CDDRL Honors Program 2019-20

News / May 17, 2019

We are proud to announce our next year's cohort of CDDRL Honors Program students! We selected a diverse group of undergraduate majors for the program who will be writing their senior theses on a subject touching upon DDRL with a global impact. Students will work to complete their thesis under the guidance and consultation of CDDRL faculty, but may have a primary thesis advisor from their own department.

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MIP Feature Friday: Jessie Brunner

Q&A / May 17, 2019

For our first alumni #MIPFeatureFriday, we sat down for a Q&A with Class of 2014 alumna, Jessie Brunner, whose passion for human rights led her to working for the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice right here at Stanford. Read more on our FSI blog

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Foreign Health Aid Bolsters America’s ‘Soft Power'

News / May 16, 2019

U.S. government aid for treating children and adults with HIV and malaria in developing countries has done more than expand access to lifesaving interventions: It has changed how people around the world view the United States, according to a new study by researchers at the School of Medicine.

 

 
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Secretary Norman Mineta and SPICE’s Rylan Sekiguchi speak at the Ronald Reagan Library

News / May 14, 2019

At the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California, on April 22, 2019, Secretary Norman Mineta was interviewed on stage and Rylan Sekiguchi shared SPICE’s soon-to-be-released set of free lesson plans, “What Does It Mean to Be an American?” Special guests included Louis Cannon, senior White House correspondent for The Washington Post during the Ronald Reagan administration and biographer of President Ronald Reagan; Joanne Drake, Chief of Staff and Official Spokesperson in the Office of Ron

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Audio: Tariffs Expand for Goods Going Between the United States and China

Commentary / May 14, 2019

Does the current trade-talk stalemate between the U.S. and China portend a larger confrontation? Oksenberg-Rohlen Fellow David Lampton says yes, and shared with VOA Asia reasons for why the two countries find themselves so much at odds. Listen below (first 8 minutes):

 

 

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On the Centennial of the March First Independence Movement of Korea

News / May 13, 2019

The year 2019 is the centennial of several anti-colonialist movements that emerged in Asia, including the March First Movement of Korea. On that day a century ago, protesters shouting “Mansei!” (“Long live Korean independence!”) gathered in Seoul and formed what would become the first nationwide political protest in Korea under Japanese colonial rule. Although the movement failed to achieve national sovereignty, it left important legacies for Korea and other parts of Asia under foreign dominance.

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My trip to Puerto Rico: Learning from the Past How to Better Combat Malaria Today

Blog / May 10, 2019

About the author: Manuel Ramos Maqueda is a Ford Dorsey Master's in International Policy student at Stanford University and a recipient of an FSI research grant, which he used in support of his field research travel to Puerto Rico.

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